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Get Up & Go

Get Up & Go

Children's Health℠, in partnership with the YMCA of Dallas, offers “Get Up & Go,” a free 10-week weight management program for children and their parents, which includes locations in Dallas and Collin counties.

Designed by our physicians and registered dietitians, this program addresses the needs of children who are overweight or obese by creating awareness and understanding of how lifestyle choices affect health.

Practice 5 - 2 - 1 - 0 everyday!

  • 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily
    • Add vegetables to foods your family already enjoys.
  • 2 hours or less of recreational screen time
    • Make meal time a chance to reconnect with your family.
  • 1 hours or more of physical activity
    • Turn household chores into exercise opportunities.
  • 0 sugary drinks, more water and low-fat milk
    • Each family member should drink at least 8 cups of water daily.

Get Up & Go Weight Management

This program increases families’ knowledge and skills to improve healthy behaviors, and is designed to create awareness and understanding of how lifestyle choices affect health, the importance of exercise, preventing type 2 diabetes and more.

  • Who: Children ages 2 -18 who are overweight or obese (BMI over the 85th percentile). Must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. The entire family is encouraged to attend!
  • What: A free program designed by physicians and registered dietitians, provides hands-on nutrition education, along with fun physical activities that get both kids and parents moving.
  • Where: Local YMCAs, churches and recreation centers
  • How often: 90-minute sessions, once per week for 10 weeks


Children 2 and older should participate in at lease 60 minutes of enjoyable, moderate-intensity physical activities every day that are developmentally appropriate and varied.
American Heart Association
  • Download both a referral form and flyer for your doctor.
  • Have your doctor complete the referral form and fax it to Get Up & Go at 214-456-0194.
  • You will receive a welcome letter in the mail once your referral has been processed.
  • A Get Up & Go team member will call to enroll your family into the program as soon as a class is available in your area.
    • Wait times may vary due to the number of referrals per location.